ANATOLIAN TREES06 September 2020
In September, our “Chasing the Tree” content includes Olive Tree, Cypress Tree, Beech Tree and Sweetgum Tree, all native to Anatolia.
Gift from Mediterreanean: Olive Tree
Named Olea Europaea in Latin, Olive Tree belongs to Oleaceae family. It is native to Mediterranean.
Olive Tree is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 10m in height.
Even though, growing an Olive Tree is a slow and difficult business, olive trees have a very long lifespan and can live up to 2000 years.
Cypress: Tall and Elegant
Named Cupressus Sempervirens in Latin, Cypress Tree belongs to Cupressaceae family. Cypress grows to be a very tall tree and it has dark green leaves. Cypress is an evergreen tree and produces small ball-shaped pine cones that smell like resin.
Cypress trees look very elegant thanks to their slim and tall form, with thick branches reaching out to the sky. They can grow up to 20-30m in height and have a lifespan of 600-700 years.
Oxygen Source: Beech Tree
Named Fagus in Latin, Beech Tree belongs to Castanea family. A wild tree that sheds its leaves in winter, Beech can be found in Anatolia. Even though it takes time to grow one, beeches are definitely worth the trouble for they have a durable trunk and a lifespan of 700 years.
Beeches release a ton of Oxygen into the air and make great sources. Their branches, barks and leaves are also very useful. Their barks are used to make tea that are great with detoxing and weight loss.
The Healer: Sweetgum Tree
Named Liquidambar in Latin, Sweetgum Tree belongs to Altingiaceae family. Growing up to 25-40m in height, Sweetgums shed leaves and have thick branches along with wide tops. Because of their physical characteristics, they resemble Sycamore trees. Their barks crack open and darken as they grow older.
Sweetgum trees can also be used in traditional medicine. They have a lifespan of about 300 years.